City Breaks Ground On Two Significant Sawmill Projects

6 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

The City of Delaware and EXXCEL Project Management, in partnership with Bridge Investment Group, have broken ground on an economic development project that is expected to result in the creation of almost 2,500 jobs.

Work is beginning on both the Sawmill Parkway extension and Sawmill Pointe Business Park.

Sawmill Parkway is being extended west 1,400-foot and should be completed by December 2022. Eventually, Sawmill will extend all the way to Section Line Road at a roundabout intersection. Water and sewer lines, stormwater, streetlights, fiber optics and bike paths are all part of the project.

The extension will open access to 290 acres, including the 89-acre Sawmill Pointe Business Park — 1.3 million square feet of industrial space, beginning with two 90,000 square-foot buildings. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Governor Names New Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent

4 Aug , 2022  

This week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the appointment of the new superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The person chosen for the role is a former assistant post commander in Delaware.

Effective on August 12, Lieutenant Colonel Charles A. Jones will assume the responsibilities of the superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and will be promoted to the rank of colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Jones will replace the outgoing superintendent, Colonel Richard S. Fambro, who will retire on August 12 after nearly 32 years of distinguished service.

“The appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Jones to superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol will further enhance the agency’s exemplary public safety services for the citizens of Ohio,” said Governor DeWine. “I am confident he has the experience and vision to ensure that Ohio’s roads and communities remain safe for all Ohio families.” More…

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Powell/Lewis Center

SR 750 Closure August 5-8

3 Aug , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will close State Route 750 between State Route 315 and Valley Run Drive beginning at 9 PM on Friday, August 5, through Monday, August 8, at 5 AM for a culvert replacement (see red area on map).

SR 315 will remain open. They will detour SR 750 traffic to SR 315 to SR 161 to SR 257 to SR 750 or reverse (see yellow area on map). Signage will be posted.

Please avoid or use caution when driving in the area.

This year has seen a $1,150,000 project to repave SR 750 from Sawmill Road to just west of SR 315. More…

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Olentangy River Clean-Up Day Taking Place This Month

2 Aug , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

The Olentangy Watershed Alliance, Keep Delaware County Beautiful, and Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed are partnering to hold the City’s annual Olentangy River Clean-Up.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 20 from 10 AM to Noon at the Mingo Park Kayak Launch in Delaware, 500 East Lincoln Avenue.

The Olentangy River, a tributary of the Scioto River. is 97 miles long  It runs from near Galion south to its junction with the Scioto River near downtown Columbus.

Equipment will be provided, including grabbers, gloves, safety vests, and trash bags. Sturdy, close-toed shoes that can get wet are recommended, with no bare feet or flip-flops. Wear clothes that can get wet or dirty.

You should expect to wade through the river to look for trash; there may be some areas where it’s not possible to walk on the river bank, and where you must wade through water. More…

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Life in Delaware County

They’re Hidden From View: Delaware County Letterboxes

2 Aug , 2022  

Note: This article has been updated for summer 2022. Letterboxing is a wonderful outdoor activity that can be done individually or with social distancing.

By 1808Delaware

Over 150 years ago, visitors to the Dartmoor region of southwest England began to do something rather peculiar. Those hiking on the moors would place a letter or postcard inside a designated box along the trail as a mark that they had visited. Those who would come after them would, in turn, post letters back to those who had left them. Soon, these “letterboxes” were carefully hidden so that they would be difficult to discover. As this habit grew in popularity, the hobby of letterboxing was born.

In the early part of the last century, a logbook was used for visitors to record their presence along a given trail. Then, shortly after the beginning of the 20th century, a rubber stamp was placed in a box for further proof that a visit had taken place. By the century’s last decades, the pastime had crossed the Atlantic Ocean, and letterboxing became popular across America. More…


Life in Delaware County

Eight Delaware County Organizations Receive Ten Ohio Arts Council Grants

1 Aug , 2022  

By 1808Delaware; Ohio Arts Council

In July, the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board approved $18,246,306 in grants to support Ohio artists, arts and cultural organizations, students, educators, and public arts programming.
The 764 grants approved at the meeting constitute the initial and major state fiscal year 2023 funding round for the OAC.

Ten of those grants, totaling $73,574, are headed to Delaware County.

“We thank Ohio’s elected leadership—especially Governor Mike DeWine, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, and members of the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate—for their steadfast support of our state’s creative sector,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “With these awards, Ohio’s resilient arts and culture sector will continue to play a critical role in the health and vitality of communities across the state.”

For each of the last four state biennial budgets, the OAC has directly funded the arts in all 88 counties. “By broadening access to the arts, the Ohio Arts Council is keeping our promise to strengthen our state and provide greater opportunity for Ohioans,” she said. More…

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Life in Delaware County, Schools

Otterbein, Antioch Chart Exciting New Course

31 Jul , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

There was some exciting news academic news this past week from just over the Delaware County line in downtown Westerville that we thought we would share with our readers.

Otterbein University and Antioch University have unveiled a unique partnership that has the potential to revolutionize higher education through creation of a new, national private university system – the first of its kind.

Otterbein University and Antioch University are joining forces to create a system of affiliated, independent, not-for-profit higher education institutions with the goal of expanding access to high-quality programs for students and adult learners coast-to-coast, investing in new program development and system-wide collaborations, and working with employers across the country to offering tailored workplace education and organization credentials. Antioch University has locations in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Keene, NH, and Yellow Springs, OH, giving this new system national reach. While there are public university systems which are often statewide, this new national, private university system is the first of its kind. And the impact it stands to make is unique in that it is rooted in the mission of democratizing higher education — making an affordable education accessible to a broader population of students. More…

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Velvet Ice Cream Arrives At The Columbus Zoo And Aquarium

31 Jul , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Velvet Ice Cream have announced an exclusive partnership that will make Utica, Ohio-based Velvet the Zoo’s official ice cream provider for hand-dipped ice cream. The three-year partnership also makes Velvet the presenting partner for the birthday party program held at the Zoo as well as the Zoombezi Bay Summer Nights event series.

“As we round out July—National Ice Cream Month—it is only fitting that we announce our partnership with Velvet Ice Cream, an iconic Central Ohio brand. We’ve enjoyed Velvet Ice Cream having a presence at our property for over 25 years and it is wonderful to continue this partnership as we both focus on family fun and shared special moments,” said Tom Schmid, President/CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay.

The hand-dipped ice cream will be available at four locations (Village Ice Cream, Funnel Cake Shoppe, Africa Treats, and Hurricane Heather’s Ice Cream) scattered throughout the nearly 600-acre Zoo and Zoombezi Bay properties. Visitors will be able to select from classic Velvet flavors like Buckeye Classic, Dutch Chocolate, and Cookies n Cream. More…

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Business, Delaware

City Cites Numbers For Local Development Pause

30 Jul , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

As we shared on Friday, the City of Delaware is reportedly putting a temporary hold on consideration of development proposals that are not located within its corporate limits.

This includes both applications which have previously been submitted in addition to potential applications which have not yet been presented, according to the Columbus Business First article.

On Saturday morning, the City of Delaware confirmed the pause through a social media post. In addition, the City shared numbers which reflect the reason for the action, sharing that over 50 separate projects and 1,000 houses are currently in the development pipeline. More…

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Life in Delaware County

ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning July 31

30 Jul , 2022  

By 1808Delaware, ODOT

This weekly report from ODOT District 6 highlights road construction projects which are beginning or underway in the multi-county area it serves. What follows are posted projects taking place within Delaware and Franklin Counties. Please stay safe and pay attention to these closures and work taking place during the week beginning on July 31.

All the best for safe travels throughout 2022!


U.S. Route 42


U.S. 42 Resurfacing – U.S. 42 northbound between Section-Line Rd. and Sawmill Parkway will close starting Monday, May 2 for 84 days. Detour: SR 257 northbound to U.S. 36 eastbound to U.S. 23 southbound to U.S. 42.


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